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Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Mark
Most Christians are familiar with the story told in Mark's gospel-- from the fishermen leaving their nets, to the miracle of the loaves and fishes, to the political rumblings and the crucifixion. But no one knows who "Mark" really was or why this gospel was written or why it's charged with such a sense of immediacy. For noted Jesus scholar Marcus Borg, reading Mark is like ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Morehouse Publishing
(first published September 1st 2006)
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Jan 25, 2012 Debra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lay persons, Bible study groups
Our church is using this for a five-week study; so I'll be "currently-reading" for a while. So far, I really like what I've read. I appreciate Marcus Borg's perspective which I sometimes dub "faith despite the facts" when I'm talking to folks who struggle with the fact vs. true distinctiveness of scripture.
Borg was born into a Lutheran family of Swedish and Norwegian descent, the youngest of four children. He grew up in the 1940s in North Dakota and attended Concordia College, Moorhead, a small liberal arts school in Moorhead, Minnesota. While at Moorhead he was a columnist for the school paper and held forth as a conservative. After a close reading of the Book of Amos and its overt message of socia ...moreMore about Marcus J. Borg...